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LostArtPress on InstagramTexture describes the roughness or smoothness of the wood to the touch and visually. Smoother woods are generally more lustrous in appearance whereas open-pored woods are duller. Oaks and other hardwoods with similar growth patterns such as chestnut and ash (image 1), which collectively are known as coarse or uneven textured woods, make ring-porous wood. In the spring, the tree lays down a ring of open-pored wood well-suited to transporting liquids and, during the summer, they create denser, less-porous wood. The difference in the ability of spring wood and summer wood to take in and conduct water is well demonstrated when the two types of wood are dyed as part of the wood finishing or polishing process. The open-pored spring wood soaks up wood dye more readily and generally darkens more than the summergrown wood darkens. The spring growth of some timbers is so coarse the pores are readily visible – red oaks are a good example. Semi-diffuse-porous or semi-ringporous woods like walnuts show some differentiation in the pore size between spring growth and summer-grown wood in which the spring growth exhibits larger pores than summer-grown wood, but the borderline between one zone and the next is blurred (image 2). — from “Cut & Dried: A Woodworker’s Guide to Timber Technology” by Richard Jones #Cut_and_DriedBuilding a chair in front of 90 polite, inquisitive and intelligent woodworkers (many of them engineers) will keep you on your toes. Speaking to the @mnwoodworkersguild is not for newbies (this is high praise). This is where we finished up making a chair today. Tomorrow we will finish it.In St. Paul, Minn., for a three-day seminar with the @mnwoodworkersguild. Humbled both by the St. Paul cathedral next door and the woodworkers before me who have been invited to present this program. #shouldhavegottenahaircut
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Category Archives: Hands Employed Aright
This is an excerpt from “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” by Joshua A. Klein. The grain-painted card table was a surprising new acquisition donated by a descendant of a Blue Hill family. The donor’s family understands that … Continue reading
Joshua Klein and Mike Updegraff have just released a podcast that discusses the making of the new book “Hands Employed Aright” and how the life of craftsman Jonathan Fisher has informed and changed their own work. You can check out … Continue reading
I gasped a little bit this evening when I opened the latest issue of Fine Woodworking magazine and saw a full-page review of Joshua Klein’s “Hands Employed Aright.” The review is on page 20 of the February 2019 issue and … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847)” by Joshua A. Klein. Fisher’s biographers have dealt extensively with his academic interests, especially mathematics and science. The archives at the Fisher House are full of … Continue reading
The Lost Art Press storefront will be open today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And then we’re having a book-release party for “Hands Employed Aright” with the author Joshua Klein – all the way from Maine. The party starts … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: For those of you who have purchased “Hands Employed Aright,” you’ll note that we also used Jessica Roux’s illustration as endsheets. It was more expensive than typical endsheets, but worth it in every way. And now you can … Continue reading